Knowledge sharing, food for thought and dance to great African rhythms.
Text and photos, Jan Kjær, Better-World.dk
On 9th of October, Danida Fellowship Centre (DFC) took part in ‘Kulturnatten’ – Culture Night – for the first time ever.
The Culture Night in the DFC café in Frederiksberg was one of around 600 events at museums, libraries, educational institutions, theatres and musical venues taking place on the same evening in the Danish Capital.
Quite a number of guests showed up, and many Danida students and researchers also took part to make it an amusing and memorable event featuring a good mix of music, information, food from the global kitchen, children activities and an Africa Quiz.
Faces of development
“I am here because the programme looked interesting and I wanted to hear what Danida Fellowship Centre is doing,” said 30 year old Simon Hartington sitting with his friend at one of the tables in the DFC café.
“I think this is an exciting combination of music and acquiring new knowledge. I have heard of Danida , but I have never talked to anyone involved in it before,” Simon explained.
Simon graduated last year with a MSc. of Finance and International Business from Aarhus University and he is considering doing a PhD.
Experiences from the field
Simon Hartington and his friend listened carefully to the experiences of researchers and students presenting their work from Asia, Africa and Latin America.
PhD student Suleyman M. Babiiha talked about the development in areas of Uganda after 25 years of civil war, and Phd student, Nayu Widianingsh, from Indonesia, explained the socioeconomic impact of the use of non-wood materials from the rain forest in Sumatra.
Dr. Glieard Masenga from Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Tanzania elaborated on the positive results of research cooperation with Danish universities.
Drastic consequences of budget cuts
Prof. Flemming Konradsen, Director of School of Global Health at University of Copenhagen and chairman of the Consultative Research Committee for Developmental Research, talked about the results of some of his research projects aimed at improving living standards in developing countries.
He also touched upon the consequences of the drastic budget cuts from 2016 and onwards announced by the Danish (Liberal Party) Venstre Government explaining how it will have a devastating effect on knowledge acquired by researchers over several decades.
Dance and music
West African rhythms mixed with jazz and funk was played throughout the evening and it really made the Culture Night at DFC a lively event.
A song about magical Zanzibar resulted in an overcrowded dance floor where Danish, Asian and African dance styles were showcased.
Band leader Moussa Diallo, with Malian roots, explained the richness of African culture and gave food for thought:
“Every day is a day of celebration and an opportunity to do wonderful things. To support people who are in need.”
Kids were well entertained in the library and after attending the event at DFC, 5 year old Zoé kept repeating “I want to go back”.
There will be another chance, in October 2016, to take part in the event at DFC which again will take part in the Copenhagen Culture Night.
See you there!